Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Good morning, everybody. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West bought their neighbor’s house. Now, your morning constitutional:

Newly reelected New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm will resign on January 5 following his guilty plea for tax evasion.

The new House majority whip, Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, admitted that he addressed a white-supremacy organization as a state representative in 2002.

The U.S. carried out an airstrike Monday in Somalia targeting a senior leader of the al-Shabaab militant group.

Iraqi forces and allied Shia militia have driven Islamic State militants out of the town of Dhuluiya.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh claimed Tuesday that former state guard head Lammah Sanneh attempted a coup and may have been injured or killed in the process.

A methane gas plume the size of Delaware in New Mexico just one example of a massive methane gas leak problem that is the side effect of natural gas production.

Great feature at New York Times on how Ebola roared back. Reuters also reports that the IMF’s focus on cutting debt over healthcare spending also contributed to the Ebola outbreak.

Dubai International has overtaken Heathrow as the busiest hub for international air travel.

Oil trades below $57/barrel, a 5 1/2-year low.

The success of Obamanomics.

The 113th Congress narrowly avoided being the least-productive Congress in modern history thanks to an active lame-duck session.

Twenty-two animal species went extinct in 2014.

Finally, 27-year-old man crashes new McLaren P1 less than 24 hours after getting it.

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